I have always been a bit of a lazy mum when it comes to Halloween, but this year I have noticed my kids getting quite excited about it, and so I decided to organise something special for them. If fun but scary is what Halloween is all about, then I think I came up with the perfect plan: we are going to a haunted maze in County Wicklow!
The maze is in Greenan farm, a very special place that we discovered this summer. It’s a farm, cafe, playground, maze and museum less than one hour drive from Dublin, in a really beautiful stretch of the Irish countryside.
Greenan Maze, Co. Wicklow
During non-ghostly weeks, Greenan farm is a lovely, welcoming place. The first thing you notice, on arrival, is the lovely cottage that hosts the cafe.
A long, rectangular room with sloping wooden roof and windows opening onto the country, the cafe is decorated with colourful bunting and hand made curtains and has a familiar, charming and unassuming air. Solid wood tables, a couch and a bookcase full of children books make the place a kids’ paradise and homemade cakes, soups and sandwiches keep all ages happy.
At the end of the trail, the path leads to the small farm area, inhabited by geese and a donkey among others and then to a small, interesting museum, with old photos and impressive farming machines.
The maze is also where the hunting happens during Halloween. We were told that during the Halloween week, ghosts, dementors and ghouls will take over the maze: if you happen to be there when this happens, the only way to escape their touch is to negotiate your way to the centre of the labyrinth and get the potion that will protect you from the evil.
We will be there, hoping to make the centre of the labyrinth on time: do you think we will make it?
For practical info, opening hours and details on the Halloween event, please heck out the Greenan farm website on www.greenanmaze.com
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